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10/09/2010 - 11:58am
Report: Blue Jays to interview Hale

According to a report in the Toronto Sun, the Blue Jays will be interviewing Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale for their managerial position. The 49-year-old Hale, who was spending his first season as Sox manager's Terry Francona bench coach after having been the team's third base coach, has previous managing experience in the minor leagues with Triple-A Oklahoma. and Double-A Trenton, where he won Minor League Manager of the Year honors from Baseball America, The Sporting News, and USA Today Baseball Weekly. For Red Sox coverage see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


10/09/2010 - 8:29am
Bruins extend Chara for seven years
By: DJ Bean

PRAGUE -- The Bruins and captain Zdeno Chara have agreed to a contract extension hours before the season-opener against the Coyotes at O2 Arena in Prague. The deal, first reported by the Boston Globe, is for seven years and will begin in the 2011-12 season.

 

Speaking with WEEI.com and other outlets last week, Chara did not keep his desire to stay in Boston a secret while also stating in Belfast that though he would like to play until his mid-40's, he planned on it taking more than one deal to finish his career. Dupont writes that Chara, 33, will see his new deal carry a salary cap hit in the mid-to-upper $6 million range. His current deal carries a team-high $7.5 million hit. 

 

Chara is entering the final year of a five-year, $37.5 million deal signed in 2006 after beginning his career with the Islanders and Senators. He has served as captain for his entire Bruins career. In 847 career games in the NHL, the Slovakian...

10/09/2010 - 12:24am
Ankiel leads Braves comeback over Giants

Braves center fielder Rick Ankiel unloaded on a fastball from Giants (and former Red Sox) reliever Ramon Ramirez, depositing a solo home run beyond the right field seats at Pac Bell Park and into McCovey Cove in the top of the 11th inning to give Atlanta a dramatic 5-4 comeback victory in Game 2 of the NL Division Series. The best-of-five series now heads to Atlanta tied at 1-1.

 

The Giants, one night after their 1-0 series-opening victory over the Braves, appeared set to shut down Atlanta once again. San Francisco starter Matt Cain was dominant, carrying a shutout through five innings before permitting an unearned run in the sixth.

 

But down, 4-1, in the top of the eighth, the Braves rallied for three game-tying runs against San Francisco's bewhiskered bullpen members, Sergio Romo and Brian Wilson. The key blow was delivered by former Red Sox shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who clubbed a game-tying, two-run double to left-...

10/08/2010 - 11:08pm
Westmoreland progresses to batting practice

Ryan Westmoreland started taking batting practice in Fort Myers last week as part of his participation in Red Sox Fall Instructional League. The 20-year-old Red Sox prospect, who underwent brain surgery in March, is now taking batting practice two or three times a week, according to Sox farm director Mike Hazen, and he is showing evidence of significant advances in his rehab even since the start of September.

 

In addition to taking batting practice, Westmoreland is also doing daily work on a tee as well as taking flips and doing some throwing. Hazen suggested that Westmoreland's progress is even more apparent with some of the cardiovascular and agility work that he is doing. The Red Sox and Westmoreland have set a goal of having the 20-year-old return to games (though they have not assigned a timetable to that goal).

 

It is uncertain whether that might ever happen, but the progress that Westmoreland has shown to date has...

10/08/2010 - 8:55pm
Reds with shame: Errors key Philly win

The Reds, considered one of the best fielding teams in the majors, endured a defensive implosion that keyed five unearned runs in the Phillies' 7-4 victory. The defensive meltdown -- which saw Gold Glove second baseman Brandon Phillips commit two errors, seven-time Gold Glove third baseman Scott Rolen commit another and right fielder Jay Bruce commit yet another -- spoiled an outstanding start from former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo.

 

Cincinnati, after getting no hit in Game 1 of the series on Wednesday, quickly ensured that history would not repeat on Friday. Brandon Phillips led off the game with a solo homer, helping the Reds to jump out to a 4-0 lead. But Philadelphia started chipping away by plating a pair of runs in the fifth, the result of a pair of two-out grounders being kicked by Phillips and then Rolen, preceding Chase Utley's two-out, two-run single.

 

Philadelphia scored again in the sixth, as the Reds...

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